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Nikka From The Barrel Whisky

Nikka From The Barrel Whisky

Size: 0,5 l
(51.4% ABV)
£56.39
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  • BrandNikka Whisky
  • CategoryJapanese Whisky
  • CountryJapan
  • DistilleryNikka Whisky
  • Style Blended Whisky
  • Alcohol51.4%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 Warning.

The Japanese sure know how to surprise.

Made by the Yoichi distillery, the second and smaller distillery of the Nikka Whisky Company. It was founded in 1934 by one of the two most influential men in Japanese Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru. Yoichi Distillery lies in southern Hokkaido and has three sides surrounded by mountains, a terrain much similar to the one found in Scotland, where Masataka studied the art of Whisky production and returned to Japan as a master blender - with a Scottish wife to boot. Yoichi possesses its own cooperage and is particularly careful when selecting its barrels. Known as Hogshead the barrels are made on-site using new oak. Yoichi produces big, oily spirits in the Highland style.

Nikka From The Barrel Whisky is made by maturing malt and grain Whisky, blending them and then re-casking (a process known as “marriage”) to create a rich harmony of different Whiskies. It’s bottled directly from the re-casked barrels and therefore retains almost the same alcohol percentage. The Barrel Whisky has won top prizes in its category at the World Whisky Awards in 2007 and 2010.

Flavor Spiral TM
  • caramel caramel
  • vanilla vanilla
  • spicy spicy
  • oak oak
  • smoky smoky
  • fruit fruit
  • cinnamon cinnamon
  • floral floral
  • sweet sweet
Appearance / Colour
Gold.
 
Smell / Nose / Aroma
Floral, fruity and a bit spiced. Notes of citrus/orange peel, apricot, vanilla extract, caramel and wood. Christmas pudding, new leather. 
 
Flavour / Taste / Palate
Complex and smooth. Caramel candy, toffee, vanilla, dark-chocolate, nutmeg. A spicy Christmas cake.  
 
Finish
Long, warm and creamy. Loads of oak and a bit of smoke. Red chilli on the back of the throat. Notes of vanilla are present.
 
Comment
Wonderful aroma makes for an excellent start. Great bang-for-the-buck Whisky.

 

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The Japanese sure know how to surprise.

Made by the Yoichi distillery, the second and smaller distillery of the Nikka Whisky Company. It was founded in 1934 by one of the two most influential men in Japanese Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru. Yoichi Distillery lies in southern Hokkaido and has three sides surrounded by mountains, a terrain much similar to the one found in Scotland, where Masataka studied the art of Whisky production and returned to Japan as a master blender - with a Scottish wife to boot. Yoichi possesses its own cooperage and is particularly careful when selecting its barrels. Known as Hogshead the barrels are made on-site using new oak. Yoichi produces big, oily spirits in the Highland style.

Nikka From The Barrel Whisky is made by maturing malt and grain Whisky, blending them and then re-casking (a process known as “marriage”) to create a rich harmony of different Whiskies. It’s bottled directly from the re-casked barrels and therefore retains almost the same alcohol percentage. The Barrel Whisky has won top prizes in its category at the World Whisky Awards in 2007 and 2010.

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  • BrandNikka Whisky
  • CategoryJapanese Whisky
  • CountryJapan
  • DistilleryNikka Whisky
  • Style Blended Whisky
  • Alcohol51.4%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 Warning.
Flavor Spiral TM
  • caramel caramel
  • vanilla vanilla
  • spicy spicy
  • oak oak
  • smoky smoky
  • fruit fruit
  • cinnamon cinnamon
  • floral floral
  • sweet sweet
Appearance / Colour
Gold.
 
Smell / Nose / Aroma
Floral, fruity and a bit spiced. Notes of citrus/orange peel, apricot, vanilla extract, caramel and wood. Christmas pudding, new leather. 
 
Flavour / Taste / Palate
Complex and smooth. Caramel candy, toffee, vanilla, dark-chocolate, nutmeg. A spicy Christmas cake.  
 
Finish
Long, warm and creamy. Loads of oak and a bit of smoke. Red chilli on the back of the throat. Notes of vanilla are present.
 
Comment
Wonderful aroma makes for an excellent start. Great bang-for-the-buck Whisky.

 

Customer Reviews

Based on 66 reviews
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A
Andrew
For me, this is a whiskey that...

For me, this is a whiskey that is for drinking neat. Smooth front, with a bit of sweet with an interesting peaty finish.

J
Jason
Appearance is golden. Nose is...

Appearance is golden. Nose is floral with a hint of spices. Taste is complex with dark chocolate, caramel, and spices with a little smoke. Finish is creamy and warm.

K
Kyle
Drinks like a combination of a...

Drinks like a combination of a Cask Barrel Bourbon and a peated Scotch. Really enjoyed it.

M
Mathew
Smells like caramel and apples...

Smells like caramel and apples. Opens oaky with vanilla caramel undertones come in and ride through a surprisingly fiery finish. Given other expressions from Nikka I was expecting this to be smoother than it is. Then again given the strength of the bottling I suppose a bit of harshness is to be expected.

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guest
I’m not a fan. The peaty fin...

I’m not a fan. The peaty finish is similar to Laphroaig and a bit harsh.